Best Summer Events in Breckenridge

Seasons: Summer

It’s no secret that Breckenridge knows how to party. The summer brings big events, each celebrating a Breckenridge best-of. Join us to celebrate history, bikes, beer and more. Read on for tips and local favorites at these top summer events in Breckenridge. The fun continues as the seasons change, so don’t miss fall festival season and top winter events.

Best Summer Events in Breckenridge:

Gold Panning Championships: June 15-17, 2018

Family panning gold from sluice
We still celebrate Breckenridge’s mining past during the Gold Panning National Championships

Strike it rich during the middle of June in Breckenridge by attending the Gold Panning Championships! Learn from gold panning professionals on the proper techniques to pan for gold at this annual event that takes place in Blue River Plaza. You might not find Tom’s Baby, but there are plenty of nuggets and flakes for everyone to stake their claim.

Event Schedule:

Friday, June 15th—10:00am-5:00pm

Saturday, June 16th—10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday, June 17th—10:00am-5:00pm

Independence Day Celebration:  July 2-4, 2018

The Fourth of July parade, considered to be one of the top summer events in Breckenridge.
The Fourth of July Parade is a must-see event!

Each Independence Day, Breckenridge kicks off the party with a 10K trail run, followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade. Family activities, live music, and a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra to close out the night. Don’t miss Breckenridge Creative Arts’ Street Arts Festival, which celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art, July 2-4.

Family tip: Bring a swimsuit! Kids’ water fights are tradition, and you’ll have dry clothes for later.

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Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival:
July 27-29, 2018

The Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival takes place in Main Street Station.
The Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival takes place in Main Street Station.

The Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival brings you a unique, wine-tasting experience. Main Street Station Plaza and The Village at Breckenridge, (at the base of Peak Nine), transform into a beautiful, mountain-side vineyard starring an array of varietals created by top wineries. From the soft and smooth to the unabashedly bold, guests will get more than their fair share of delicious sips. There will be nearly 300 wines to select from!

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Breckenridge International Festival of Arts:
Aug. 10-19, 2018

Photo by Thomas Dambo, courtesy Breckenridge Creative Arts.
Thomas Dambo’s sculpture of a giant will be one of the featured attractions during the 2018 Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.

Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, this 10-day festival brings together a variety of performances, installations, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks, and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, theater, film, visual and street arts, and family entertainment.

Locals’ tip: Sign up to volunteer — you’ll usually get an inside look at the artists and exhibitions. For example, in past years, volunteers got to meet the artist and help paint with him for The Blue Trees exhibit.

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Breckenridge Hogfest Bacon & Bourbon:
August 25, 2018

The Breckenridge Hogfest - Bacon and Bourbon Festival takes place at the end of August.
The Breckenridge Hogfest – Bacon and Bourbon Festival takes place at the end of August.

Bacon is the most loved food in the universe and the route to all things swine and divine. Add the quintessential American liquor, bourbon; mind blown. These indulgences come together for Breckenridge Hogfest – Bacon & Bourbon.  Meat connoisseurs will be able to taste their way through a spectrum of pork samples, premium whiskeys, single malt scotches and barrel-aged spirits while enjoying live music and mixology below Peak Nine.

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Labor Day Weekend: September 2-4, 2018

The Labor Day Duck Race taking place on the Blue River in Breckenridge.
The Duck Race is a staple event every year during Labor Day Weekend in Breckenridge.

Enjoy beautiful autumn temperatures and exciting events like the Summit Foundation’s Rubber Duck Race, the annual Sidewalk Sale, the Gathering at the Great Divide Arts Festival and more. With so much going on, you’ll need an extra day to experience it all at one of the best summer events in Breckenridge.

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